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The Dog Tag

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The Dog Tag is a podcast for Veterans by Veterans produced by the Texas Veterans Land Board. We want to educate and empower our Veterans, military members and their families about all the different programs, benefits, services and resources that are offered throughout the state of Texas and beyond. Each episode will introduce subject matter experts who can help cut through the bureaucracy, dispel any myths and provide a clear path to these benefits and programs. Visit www.texasveteransblog.com/dogtag to find additional show notes and links, so you can access every program and service you or your dependents have earned and are eligible for.

Latest Episodes

How to Buy a House Part 2: Lenders, Real Estate Agents & Mortgage Loan Pre-Qualification

After you’ve established your credit score and calculated how much house you can afford, the next step in the home buying process is finding a good mortgage lender who can help you pre-qualify for a home mortgage. On this episode you can find out how the VA Home Loan Guaranty works, what kind of documents you initially need to provide the lender and how an experienced real estate professional is essential to help you find the perfect home that fits your budget.

22 MINFEB 6
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How to Buy a House Part 2: Lenders, Real Estate Agents & Mortgage Loan Pre-Qualification

How to Buy a House Part 1: Credit Scores & Budgeting

Buying a home can be a very intimidating process, so we’re going to break it down with the most knowledgeable real estate people we know. On this podcast we’ll cover the first two subjects related to buying a new home: credit scores & budgeting. We’ll discuss what credit is, why it’s important and how to get it. We’ll also go over how to read your credit report and make corrections. We’ll talk about how to calculate your desired monthly payment, down payments, closing costs, loan terms and more.

20 MIN2018 OCT 18
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How to Buy a House Part 1: Credit Scores & Budgeting

Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans

On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Terry Tottenham the founder of Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans (TLTV). TLTV was established to develop and assist pro bono legal clinics throughout the state for Veterans who otherwise cannot afford, or do not have access to, the legal services they need. The attorneys who volunteer for TLTV provide legal assistance on a wide range of issues including VA disability claims, family law, criminal matters, real estate and tax law, and more.

14 MIN2018 JUL 20
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Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans

How the Texas Workforce Commission Helps Texas Military Members & Veterans Find Their Next Career

On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge takes a deeper look at the variety of employment programs and assistance for Military Members and Veterans provided by the Texas Workforce Commission.

40 MIN2018 JUL 3
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How the Texas Workforce Commission Helps Texas Military Members & Veterans Find Their Next Career

Texas State Veterans Home

On this episode Matt Elledge talks with the Deputy Director and Program Administrator of the Texas State Veterans Homes. These homes provide affordable, long-term nursing care for Texas Veterans, their spouses and Gold Star Parents. Located across Texas, each facility enhances quality of life with a caring and dignified setting appropriate to those who have served our country with honor. Listen to the podcast and learn about the origin of these homes, eligibility requirements, associated costs and more.

30 MIN2018 MAY 25
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Texas State Veterans Home

Home Improvement Loans for Texas Veterans & Military

On this episode ofThe Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Bill McLemore, Deputy Director for theVLB Veterans Land & Housing Program, and Charlotte Mumphord, Director of the Land & Housing Program, about theTexas Veterans Home Improvement Program (VHIP). Matt and his guests break down the home improvement loan process including how toapply for pre-approval online, select a contractor andwhich projects are eligible. These loans are available to Veterans, Military Members and eligible spouses in Texa

20 MIN2018 APR 26
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Home Improvement Loans for Texas Veterans & Military

Texas State Veterans Cemeteries

On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge sits down with the Deputy Director and Chief On-Site Representative for the Texas State Veterans Cemeteries to talk about the history of these hallowed grounds and discuss eligibility, burial options and more. These cemeteries are special resting places for those who have served our nation. The Dog Tag is brought to you by the Texas Veterans Land Board. Find more episodes at TexasVeteransPodcast.com. Visit TexasVeterans.com to find out more about your benefits

30 MIN2018 APR 12
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Texas State Veterans Cemeteries

Health Care for Women Veterans

On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Pam Maercklein, the Women Veterans Healthcare Liaisonfor the Women Veterans Program at theTexas Veterans Commission(TVC).Pam served eight years in the United States Air Force and has a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She's worked at the Texas Veterans Commission since 2008 and assists Women Veterans with their health care needs. Matt and Pam dive deep into the issues that affect Women Veterans' physical and mental well-being including maternity care, military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and more. If you are a Woman Veteran, or know one, please listen to this podcast and find detailed insightsabouthealth care for the brave women who have served in our nation's military forces. The Dog Tag is brought to you by the Texas Veterans Land Board and the Texas Veterans Commission. Find more episodes atmedium.com/the-dog-tag. If you have questions about this topic, or ...

50 MIN2017 APR 11
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Health Care for Women Veterans

Employment for Women Veterans

On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Nicole Anderson, the Women Veterans Employment Coordinator for the Women Veterans Program at theTexas Veterans Commission. Nicole and Matt discuss topics such ascareer counseling, resume assistance and interview techniques. They also cover some of the unique challenges that Women Veterans face when seeking employment including child care and homelessness. The Dog Tag is brought to you by the Texas Veterans Land Board and the Texas Veterans Commission. Find more episodes atmedium.com/the-dog-tag. If you have questions about this topic, or suggestions for other podcast topics, call 1–800–252-VETS or emailvlbinfo@glo.texas.gov. VisitTexasVeterans.comto find out more about your benefits!

21 MIN2017 MAR 28
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Employment for Women Veterans

How to Ace Any Military Job Fair

On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Martin Traylor, the Transition Service Manager for the SFL-TAP at Fort Hood. Martin shares his insights on how to get the most out of any military career fair. Martin and Matt have several years of experience working together on Fort Hood to help transitioning service members find their post-military careers. Martin and Matt cover the whole spectrum including how to prepare for a hiring fair, what to do and not do at the hiring fair, and how to follow up with recruiters after the hiring fair. Looking for a job is a full time job, but don't let that discourage you. You already have the skills and training to prepare for any mission and this is no different. The Dog Tag is brought to you by the Texas Veterans Land Board and the Texas Veterans Commission. Find more episodes atmedium.com/the-dog-tag. If you have questions about this topic, or suggestions for other podcast topics, call 1–800–252-VETS or email vlbinfo@glo.texas.gov...

40 MIN2017 FEB 10
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How to Ace Any Military Job Fair

Latest Episodes

How to Buy a House Part 2: Lenders, Real Estate Agents & Mortgage Loan Pre-Qualification

After you’ve established your credit score and calculated how much house you can afford, the next step in the home buying process is finding a good mortgage lender who can help you pre-qualify for a home mortgage. On this episode you can find out how the VA Home Loan Guaranty works, what kind of documents you initially need to provide the lender and how an experienced real estate professional is essential to help you find the perfect home that fits your budget.

22 MINFEB 6
Comments
How to Buy a House Part 2: Lenders, Real Estate Agents & Mortgage Loan Pre-Qualification

How to Buy a House Part 1: Credit Scores & Budgeting

Buying a home can be a very intimidating process, so we’re going to break it down with the most knowledgeable real estate people we know. On this podcast we’ll cover the first two subjects related to buying a new home: credit scores & budgeting. We’ll discuss what credit is, why it’s important and how to get it. We’ll also go over how to read your credit report and make corrections. We’ll talk about how to calculate your desired monthly payment, down payments, closing costs, loan terms and more.

20 MIN2018 OCT 18
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How to Buy a House Part 1: Credit Scores & Budgeting

Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans

On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Terry Tottenham the founder of Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans (TLTV). TLTV was established to develop and assist pro bono legal clinics throughout the state for Veterans who otherwise cannot afford, or do not have access to, the legal services they need. The attorneys who volunteer for TLTV provide legal assistance on a wide range of issues including VA disability claims, family law, criminal matters, real estate and tax law, and more.

14 MIN2018 JUL 20
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Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans

How the Texas Workforce Commission Helps Texas Military Members & Veterans Find Their Next Career

On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge takes a deeper look at the variety of employment programs and assistance for Military Members and Veterans provided by the Texas Workforce Commission.

40 MIN2018 JUL 3
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How the Texas Workforce Commission Helps Texas Military Members & Veterans Find Their Next Career

Texas State Veterans Home

On this episode Matt Elledge talks with the Deputy Director and Program Administrator of the Texas State Veterans Homes. These homes provide affordable, long-term nursing care for Texas Veterans, their spouses and Gold Star Parents. Located across Texas, each facility enhances quality of life with a caring and dignified setting appropriate to those who have served our country with honor. Listen to the podcast and learn about the origin of these homes, eligibility requirements, associated costs and more.

30 MIN2018 MAY 25
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Texas State Veterans Home

Home Improvement Loans for Texas Veterans & Military

On this episode ofThe Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Bill McLemore, Deputy Director for theVLB Veterans Land & Housing Program, and Charlotte Mumphord, Director of the Land & Housing Program, about theTexas Veterans Home Improvement Program (VHIP). Matt and his guests break down the home improvement loan process including how toapply for pre-approval online, select a contractor andwhich projects are eligible. These loans are available to Veterans, Military Members and eligible spouses in Texa

20 MIN2018 APR 26
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Home Improvement Loans for Texas Veterans & Military

Texas State Veterans Cemeteries

On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge sits down with the Deputy Director and Chief On-Site Representative for the Texas State Veterans Cemeteries to talk about the history of these hallowed grounds and discuss eligibility, burial options and more. These cemeteries are special resting places for those who have served our nation. The Dog Tag is brought to you by the Texas Veterans Land Board. Find more episodes at TexasVeteransPodcast.com. Visit TexasVeterans.com to find out more about your benefits

30 MIN2018 APR 12
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Texas State Veterans Cemeteries

Health Care for Women Veterans

On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Pam Maercklein, the Women Veterans Healthcare Liaisonfor the Women Veterans Program at theTexas Veterans Commission(TVC).Pam served eight years in the United States Air Force and has a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She's worked at the Texas Veterans Commission since 2008 and assists Women Veterans with their health care needs. Matt and Pam dive deep into the issues that affect Women Veterans' physical and mental well-being including maternity care, military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and more. If you are a Woman Veteran, or know one, please listen to this podcast and find detailed insightsabouthealth care for the brave women who have served in our nation's military forces. The Dog Tag is brought to you by the Texas Veterans Land Board and the Texas Veterans Commission. Find more episodes atmedium.com/the-dog-tag. If you have questions about this topic, or ...

50 MIN2017 APR 11
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Health Care for Women Veterans

Employment for Women Veterans

On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Nicole Anderson, the Women Veterans Employment Coordinator for the Women Veterans Program at theTexas Veterans Commission. Nicole and Matt discuss topics such ascareer counseling, resume assistance and interview techniques. They also cover some of the unique challenges that Women Veterans face when seeking employment including child care and homelessness. The Dog Tag is brought to you by the Texas Veterans Land Board and the Texas Veterans Commission. Find more episodes atmedium.com/the-dog-tag. If you have questions about this topic, or suggestions for other podcast topics, call 1–800–252-VETS or emailvlbinfo@glo.texas.gov. VisitTexasVeterans.comto find out more about your benefits!

21 MIN2017 MAR 28
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Employment for Women Veterans

How to Ace Any Military Job Fair

On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Martin Traylor, the Transition Service Manager for the SFL-TAP at Fort Hood. Martin shares his insights on how to get the most out of any military career fair. Martin and Matt have several years of experience working together on Fort Hood to help transitioning service members find their post-military careers. Martin and Matt cover the whole spectrum including how to prepare for a hiring fair, what to do and not do at the hiring fair, and how to follow up with recruiters after the hiring fair. Looking for a job is a full time job, but don't let that discourage you. You already have the skills and training to prepare for any mission and this is no different. The Dog Tag is brought to you by the Texas Veterans Land Board and the Texas Veterans Commission. Find more episodes atmedium.com/the-dog-tag. If you have questions about this topic, or suggestions for other podcast topics, call 1–800–252-VETS or email vlbinfo@glo.texas.gov...

40 MIN2017 FEB 10
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How to Ace Any Military Job Fair